Rubber Gloves • Rubber gloves and sleeves are a lineman’s first and foremost defense against electrocution • For this reason rubber gloves and sleeves must be physically and visibly inspected before use!
Insulating Equipment Secure the work area Remove all hazards Protect workers from those that cannot be removed
Dielectric Test These are the minimum requirements required by OSHA. Company policy, client and/or contract requirements may mandate shorter inspection cycles
Live Line Tools Minimum approach distance must be maintained • The worker’s hand • The hot end of the stick
Live Line Tools Live-line tools shall be removed from service every 2 years for examination, cleaning, repair, and testing as needed
Live Line Tools Each live-line tool shall be wiped clean and visually inspected for defects before use each day Would you do hot work with dirty sticks? Is an insulated boom any different?
Live Line Tools Test the tool's integrity along its entire working length If the tool is made of fiberglass-reinforced plastic, test its integrity under wet conditions
Second Point of Contact If any part of a boom can contact an energized phase, cover the phase
Second Point of Contact Eliminate second point of contact hazards Cross arm not covered Workers not wearing sleeves Minimum approach distance violation on tie wire
Second Point of Contact Secure work area both above and BELOW the work area